My employer has announced that they’re laying off 10% of the workforce. I haven’t heard anything about my job security. Am I safe, or should I start looking for a new job?
Those are excellent questions and one that should be asked of your boss.
Regardless of the answer you receive, you should still be active in a job search because you just never know.
However, that doesn’t mean that you should jump at the first offer, either.
A 10% cut means that 90% won’t be cut, and often, while job cuts are obviously unfortunate for those affected, they can mean new opportunities for remaining employees as companies look to restructure and retain other talent.
So ask questions, indicate your interest in staying with the company, do what you can to get noticed for the right reasons and remain engaged.
Meanwhile, begin a job search to give yourself the best chance of having the most options available to you.
I don’t make enough money to make ends meet, so I’ve been moonlighting as an Uber driver. I work remotely, so I’m able to get work done while driving or on-call. Can I get in trouble for doing both jobs at the same time if my performance in either isn’t suffering?
Moonlighting is not uncommon, but it’s not a protected right.
It can depend on your employer’s policy, but most certainly few employers would be OK with someone doing two jobs at the same time on what they consider “company time.”
So yes, you could get fired for moonlighting during the company’s time.
Personally I can barely contain my frustration with drivers who are incessantly talking on the phone while driving.
It may be legal, but I don’t want to hear the conversation.
I don’t know what Uber’s restrictions are about what you do while driving, but I imagine that focusing on anything other than the road and providing a safe ride for your passengers and others on the road would be prohibited too.
I admire the work ethic, but for your benefit — and others — I recommend you do each job separately, provided you can get proper rest.
Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive. Hear Greg Weds. at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. Email: GoToGreg@NYPost.com. Follow: GoToGreg.com and on Twitter: @GregGiangrande